How can you keep your cloud-based backups and disaster recovery (DR) plans safe from malware? The first step is finding a reliable, secure provider with malware detection and prevention services. To keep your backups secure, make sure they remain as isolated as possible. Take advantage of available anti-virus and other cloud-based cybersecurity services. Last, but not least, be sure your DR plan does not put your backups at risk.

Creating Your Backups

Of all the many advantages of cloud-based technology, backup storage is one of the most important, especially as malware attacks increase. Make sure you have all essential data protected in your backups. If you need to keep a particular process or service operational, consider VM (virtual machine) options. Most cloud servers allow you to save VMs, but not all provide hosting services. In an emergency, your VM needs to be ready to go, so it might be worth paying for additional services or changing providers before disaster strikes.

Preventing Infection

When you choose a cloud provider for your backups, make sure you have not only the right amount of storage for the right price but also the right protection, too. Only use secured servers, and separate your backups from your regular work. The less interaction you allow between your backups and your regular files, the fewer chances you face of accidentally contaminating your emergency, cloud-based backups.

Malware is unavoidable to a certain extent, and your business will likely come under attack sooner or later. Quarantining your backups is one of the best ways to keep them safe. See what security services your provider offers, too. They may know much more or much less than you assume. If they know less than you expected, you should probably take your own cloud-based security measures or find a different provider.

Putting Your DR Plan into Action

Cloud-based backups should be the center of any DR. Businesses run on data, and the cloud makes it easy to set up and maintain backups. Make sure you know how, when, and where you’ll use your cloud-based backups. The best way to implement a DR plan is to have concrete steps prepared in advance, and this begins with either handling any ongoing data security threats or moving to secondary hardware backups. This enables you to access backup data without compromising it. For instance, if your office computers are locked by ransomware, but you want to make use of the VM in your cloud-based backups, make sure you use hardware from a separate office that couldn’t possibly be compromised by the same threat. Avoid any potential point of entry until the infection is dealt with. This includes office WiFi and even email accounts linked to infected computers.

Malware is everywhere, and it pays to have extra precautions. Think ahead, stay vigilant, and don’t give malware any extra opportunities. It’s important to monitor your own behavior for potential risks even as you scan for online hazards. Cloud-based backups can help keep your business running in an emergency, but only if you treat them carefully.